Nature and Culture

University of Illinois Arboretum

1800 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
arboretum@illinois.edu

Soon after the university’s founding in 1867, the idea emerged to build a natural area with ornamental grounds, orchards, and forest for use by the campus community and citizens of Illinois. The Illinois Arboretum provides free access to acres of groves, ponds, and gardens, maintained year-round by the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. The Arboretum is space dedicated to helping students, faculty, staff, and the community build wellness by connecting with nature right here on campus.

Krannert Art Museum

500 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
217-244-0516
kam@illinois.edu

Krannert Art Museum (KAM) presents fine art from across the globe, vibrant exhibitions, and engaging programs to students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout the year. KAM prioritizes wellbeing by cultivating space for quiet contemplation, engagement, and inspiration. The museum gardens, galleries, and special exhibitions are open to everyone, free of charge. A full calendar of art exhibitions, weekly yoga classes, music performances, creativity events, and other special events is available through the KAM website.

Japan House

2000 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802
217.244.9934
japanhouse@illinois.edu

Japan House, nestled within the Illinois Arboretum, aims to make the beauty of traditional Japanese arts and culture accessible to everyone. Visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese gardens, filled with green foliage, rustic stone, and water features that emphasize the natural landscape, creating a peaceful, tranquil environment. The gardens are free and open to everyone dawn to dusk, year-round. Information on classes, Tea Ceremony, outdoor meditation, and special events is available through the Japan House website.

Red Oak Rain Garden

Located on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus between Allen Hall and McKinley Health Center.
uie-redoakraingarden@illinois.edu

Red Oak Rain Garden is a place to immerse yourself in natural beauty without having to leave campus. It’s welcoming for human and wildlife visitors and is a working garden, designed to soak up rainwater runoff by mimicking natural Illinois landscapes. Originally constructed in 2006 by faculty and students, the garden was renovated in 2019 and expanded by Illinois Extension, who now provides outreach and service-learning opportunities in the garden. It is open for all to explore, seven days a week.